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Stacey Trock
Stacey has been bringing fun into the craft world with her successful designs and blog, FreshStitches, since 2008. She is the author of multiple books and the instructor of several Craftsy courses. Stacey firmly believes there is no 'right way' to knit, crochet, or craft and experiments with a variety of techniques to achieve her desired finished product. This philosophy spills over into her teaching style; she enthusiastically guides students in the way that works best for them...crafting should be fun, of course!

For more about Stacey, go to freshstitches.com.



STITCHES West 2017 Classes
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NEW
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
4111 Intermediate Knit your first top-down sweater! Have you been wanting to knit a sweater, but feel... daunted? Then this is the class for you! We'll be knitting a miniature version of the easiest type of sweater to make: the top-down raglan. There are no seams to sew up and no separate sleeves to attach. You'll learn all of the basics of sweater-making: reading the pattern for properly-placed increases, discussing virtues of different types of increases, how to successfully separate the body and sleeves and tricks for picking up stitches with no tears! In this 3 hour class, you should expect to finish all of the tricky bits of your mini-sweater, and leave feeling confident to start your own one! Whether your goal is a baby sweater or one for yourself, you'll have all of the skills under your belt. I will teach this class using double-point needles. However, if you feel fully confident in an alternative technique (such as magic loop or two circulars), feel free to substitute. The course will not provide instruction for how to do these alternatives.
NEW
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4106 Intermediate Beginner Shawl Bootcamp Are you ready to hop on the shawl-knitting craze? If you can increase and decrease and are ready to take your skills to the next level, this class is for you! We'll be knitting the Bento shawl, which is a sampler pack of stitches that adds up to one delicious shawl! Yes, there are even some bling-y beads!
In this class, you will learn: how to measure gauge, how to knit with beads (by pre-stringing), how to work a garter stitch tab, how to change colors, how to work a variety of increases, how to read a basic chart for lacework, how to effectively use stitch markers, and how to execute the stretchy bind-off. You will complete a mini-sampler shawl in the 3-hour class and will leave fully-prepared to begin your full-sized shawl (pattern included).



STITCHES West 2017 Market Session Classes
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Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
XT5 No skills required Dye with Kool Aid! Did you know that you can use regular ol' Kool Aid to dye your yarn in beautiful colors? It's true! In just one hour, you'll learn how to use Kool Aid to turn a skein of plain white yarn into a beautiful hand-dyed piece of art! Once you learn the basics, you'll never look at a skein of plain white yarn the same way again!
Materials: At least one skein of plain, white, 100% wool yarn in a hank and a few packets of Kool Aid for each skein. Optional: rubber gloves and a Ziplock bag for taking the yarn home.
Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
TT29 No skills required How to Knit with Two Circulars Do you want to knit socks and hats, but double points are driving you batty? Knitting on two circular needles might be your answer! In one quick hour, you'll learn the basic technique for casting on and knitting with two circular needles. You'll never need double points, again!
Materials: 1 ball of yarn, 2 pairs of circular needles in a size appropriate for yarn. Both needles should be the same size but either different lengths (16 and 24") or different needle colors for the easiest results.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
XT10 No skills required Scraptastic Magic Ball Do you have a lot of little bits of leftover yarn and don't know what to do with them? Make a super-fun magic ball! By learning the Russian Join technique (a way of joining yarn without knots!), you'll turn all of your scraps into a beautiful ball of yarn, suitable for a variety of projects!
Materials: Your scraps (preferably the same weight), tapestry needle.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
XT5 No skills required Dye with Kool Aid! Did you know that you can use regular ol' Kool Aid to dye your yarn in beautiful colors? It's true! In just one hour, you'll learn how to use Kool Aid to turn a skein of plain white yarn into a beautiful hand-dyed piece of art! Once you learn the basics, you'll never look at a skein of plain white yarn the same way again!
Materials: At least one skein of plain, white, 100% wool yarn in a hank and a few packets of Kool Aid for each skein. Optional: rubber gloves and a Ziplock bag for taking the yarn home.
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